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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I'm a freshman in high school and I've had trichotillomania since I was in 3rd grade. It started at home when my mom told me i had a loose eyelash or something. At that point i...
    TommyAustin99 TommyAustin99 13-15, M Mar 3

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    I really just can't believe I have done this to myself. I just want to stop altogether but it's just so hard. It's so noticeable now and I hate going out In public because of my...
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    Feeling horribly alone right now and hopeless....I have pulled since I was 6 or 7 and I'm 41 now. I feel that I will never overcome this and as hard as I try I always fail. It has...
    loney1 loney1 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    I am officially 3 weeks pull free! Feeling extremely accomplished but stressed out if my mind. I've marked my calendar and my eyelashes have started filling in slowly. I have hope...
    Mgirl646 Mgirl646 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Having trichotillomania is harder than you think..it makes you insecure, it's embarrassing, very hard to stop, and it emotionally hurts you.
    Brokenbeauty15 Brokenbeauty15 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 2

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania - She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 16-17 3 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    Trich And How I Stopped - Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 27 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I have it. Since I was about 9 till now.
    Cookzie Cookzie 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's Trichy - My journey of hair pulling started in junior high, 7th grade. I got a haircut from shoulder length hair to boy style- short hair. At that age, a boy haircut was the...
    SarahKJ SarahKJ 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 17, 2012

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    Help πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”
    SassySam77 SassySam77 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I have trichotillomania and want to reach out to others with the same. I am interested in hearing about others experiences and sharing my own.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Mar 20

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    I've been struggling with trich for almost 2 years but i all started when I was a toddler, I would twirl my hair and pull it fascinated by the thought of loosing hair but in 2012 i...
    ghoulls ghoulls 13-15, F Mar 17

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12 - Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    And my parents are hairdressers- oh the irony. Well anyways, I've had trich for 11 years. I started with just pulling out my eye lashes and brows in the third grade and then in 6th...
    gcagla gcagla 18-21, F Feb 27

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    I'm struggling right now; I've been running my hands through my hair, and I'm just SO tempted to pull. I've been pull free for almost 2 and a half years now. The urges only come...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Mar 14

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    7 Years and Im Almost Done -     First, I would like to name some things that I wonder may be the contributing factors to my problem.      I have...
    SamEsRaraAvis SamEsRaraAvis 16-18, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    i have trich. fml. i dont ever leave my house anymore now.... i wish i could just talk to someone who would understand.
    ArcusRain ArcusRain 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Wow, I feel a little better after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Constant Urge to Pull -     i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Coping With My Ttm - I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    I've been pulling at my eyebrows since around 3 months before my 18th birthday from what I can recall. Once I entered college it subsided for the first couple years, happening only...
    lmm9 lmm9 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    So I have been yo-yoing with my trich lately, I constantly pull at my eyelashes and began pulling at my eyebrows again the other day but since then had no urge for my eyebrows. I...
    TrichWarrior TrichWarrior 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling - I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 23 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    Update from my last post, its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    A Cured Hair Puller -   Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    My Story - It all started when I was about 12 years old. I was secluded to my room. The anxiety made me go crazy. I did not know what to do with myself but read and listen to the...
    sweetreeser sweetreeser 19-21, F 10 Responses Jun 12, 2007

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    A couple of people have commented recently on the fact that I wear a lot of eye make up... AHH. If only they could understand, but I just can't tell them :(
    mblo2457 mblo2457 18-21, F Mar 27

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    I have had Trich for almost 6 years now. It's gotten to the point where I have to always wear my hair up. I have only told one person outside of my family and I'm pretty sure he...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    somedays are worse than others...i can say i will never grow out of it but i am better than i was wen i was a kid.
    Madii144 Madii144 18-21 1 Response Apr 1

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    The Horror of Having to Disguise Yourself - I'm Jordan and I'm fourteen. I've been pulling since I was about ten or so. I've pulled my scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. I tried to...
    jtwiggy jtwiggy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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    It all began in 5th grade. I don't know how and/or why but it just did. I noticed I started having bald spots and it just progressively got worse as time went by. I just graduated...
    Nadine31 Nadine31 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    Ive Survived Trich - Read my other story to understand this: Since summer, i havnt pulles out one. Single. Hair! (: im a guy and its hard. People say im lucky cuz i can just...
    drewfrey1 drewfrey1 13-15, M Sep 30, 2013

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    I Have Trichotillomania - My Story - My names Samantha, I am 15 and from Australia, Sydney. I started pulling my eyelashes out from when I was about 13. It all started when I went...
    SammieR SammieR 16-17, F Apr 23, 2013

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    Keep Going. - Hey everyone. I know I already posted my official story on here, but I wanted to say something else... Trich. has been such a huge part of my life for a...
    JennaFreak JennaFreak 18-21 4 Responses May 4, 2011

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    I Have Trichotillomania - ive been having it since im was 14 years old and i am now about to be 17! ive been suffuring so much its been a real tuffs years especially at school ive...
    sintia8 sintia8 16-17 4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    I am having a hard time stopping myself tonight. Coming down off of the stress if an exam.
    Jessiesgirl242 Jessiesgirl242 18-21, F Apr 2

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    So I noticed that I haven't plucked in a few days, and I'm impressed. I guess I've been so busy and out of my house that it's been a major distraction and hasn't triggered the...
    Realitea Realitea 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    All About Meeee -  Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I'm a sophomore in highschool and I've had trich for almost 3 years now. I've been doing very good at my pulling and scab picking and since I'm experienced, I'd love to help out...
    AubreeElise AubreeElise 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    I've never been pull free as far as I can remember, but the past week I'd only had the occasional pick rather than a pulling spree... Until yesterday when I had a really stressful...
    mblo2457 mblo2457 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    My Life Being Triched - I can remember the very first day I went for it. The first day I pulled my hair out. I was 13. It was right before Christmas. I was sitting watching the...
    Jzbighands Jzbighands 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    My Story.... - I've had trich since I was 8. I've hated the whole 10 years of it! I pull my eyelashes and hair. I've wanted to find people that have what I have so I can connect...
    TrichWarrior TrichWarrior 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    I've had Trichotillomania since I was about 12 years old approximately. I still suffer from it. My mom hates me for it. I feel she doesn't even care about me, just the hairs around...
    Realitea Realitea 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Trichotilomania and Me - My name is Michelle, I have Trichotilomania.  I delveloped this horrifying, self destructive habit when I was 29 years old.  My belief was that I...
    Chellestrick Chellestrick 36-40, F 24 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    Lately, I've been really on top of exercising well and eating really heathy. But I've still neglected this one problem. And I won't declare myself fully healthy until I stop it. It...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I started to pluck the hairs out of my eyebrow when I was in 6th grade, then I started to pluck my eyelashes. I thought it was just me being itchy or something. I was annoyed of...
    riruxchan riruxchan 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    This is something I really want you all to read. Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    It's A Thing, It's A Real Thing!!!! - I will never forget the day I learned that it had a name. Trichotillomania. I love to say it. I love to write it. I hate to have it. I...
    leddead leddead 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    I Have Trichotillamania - I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    What The Hell Do I Do Now? - I've told my story before, explained how my trich was 'triggered', but things have changed since what I last shared. I now pull from both sides of my...
    pompomuk pompomuk 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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    My Trichotillomania Story - Not sure how to start this really. It will be all from memory, as I haven’t written it down before. I of course didn’t realize it then, but when I...
    ninja5593 ninja5593 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    I'm so worried that I may get nominated for this no make-up selfie thing going around on facebook... I know it's a great thing to do to raise awareness for cancer research, but I...
    mblo2457 mblo2457 18-21, F Mar 19

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